Hi, I'm Andrew and I’m just a simple 19 year old guy and zoology student that posts random factoids about obscure animals and general animal science/zoology/biology stuff so if you like animals this is the place for you, if you only like cute animals this is not the place for you… Also I can ID any animals you might need identified (just submit them to me).

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Family Polioptilidae: A family of passerine birds commonly known as "Gnatcatchers". All gnatcatchers are native to the New World, being found in both North and South America. Gnatcatchers are close relatives of the wrens and some species are known as "Gnatwrens".

Image: Erikwlyon

 

Net Fire Coral (Millepora dichotoma) 

…a species of fire coral (a hydrozoan) that ranges from the Red sea to Samoa and South Africa. M. dichotoma colonies are typically found along exposed portions of upper reef slopes and usually grow against the current. Like their anthozoan ‘relatives’ net fire coral colonies are predators and will feed on passing plankton.

True to its family name the nematocysts of Millepora dichotoma contain a toxin which can cause burn-like wounds on contact.

Classification

Animalia-Cnidaria-Hydrozoa-Capitata-Milleporida-Millepora-M. dichotoma

Images: Photo2222 and Zubi 05

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